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WRONG-WAY DRUNK MUM GETS CAR BAN; Four times limit, she causes chaos on M90.

Byline: SARAH VESTY s.vesty@dailyrecord.co.uk

A DRUNKEN mum who was almost four times the limit when she drove on the wrong side of a motorway has been banned from the roads.

Police spotted Claire Louise Coull going in and out of traffic on the M90 in Fife in the early hours of Hogmanay in 2016.

The 32-year-old then failed to slow down or check for other vehicles as she exited via a slip road on the A92.

She was eventually stopped and officers found she had 83 microgrammes of alcohol in her system. The legal limit is just 22.

Coull, from Inverness, was yesterday banned from driving for two years and ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work. The mum of three had travelled to Edinburgh with a pal for a Paolo Nutini gig and had planned to stay the night in a hotel.

But after a row with her friend, Coull made the "colossal error of judgment" to get in her car and drive away. She got lost in the dark and ended up on the wrong side of the motorway after realising her mistake and trying to get back to the hotel.

Prosecutor Azrah Yousaf told Dunfermline Sheriff Court how the accused was weaving between lanes with an indicator lit and one of the drivers on the motorway "was so shaken, he had to pull over and compose himself ". Richard Freeman, defending, said: "Her actions were brought about by a state of anxiety and upset and it was a colossal error of judgment on her behalf.

"She is very remorseful and has shown real insight about what she has done and what could have happened. She is embarrassed by it and has let herself and her children down."

Coull admitted drink-driving and dangerous driving.

Sheriff Craig McSherry told her she was lucky not to have been jailed for the offences. He ordered her to carry out the extended driving test before

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